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ANNUAL K1JEK XMAS PARTY IN SALEM, NH AT HRO TODAY 11-1...

THURSDAY XMAS PARTY EDITION: I hope Joe gets a good turnout today for the annual Christmas Party today, the weather is decent for traveling- have fun today! Pictures please, I don't think I can get away from commitments I have here....Screw Sports Illustrated....

French ham radio license fee...this should go over well with the riots going on...

REF reports the Finance committee of the Senate has tabled an amendment to the French Finance Act 2019 concerning the annual amateur radio license fee

The annual license fee in France is currently 45.73 euros and yields about 600,000 euros.

The amendment says that collecting the license fee costs 409.6% of the amount recovered and proposes "removing this tax".

REF notes "amendment has yet to pass to the Assembly and perhaps to the Joint Committee, it seems that there has been an echo of our proposal at (see this link) "

REF in Google English
https://tinyurl.com/FranceREF

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Let's not forget the party this week at HRO in Salem, NH this Thursday. We like to get there at about 11am and socialize in the HRO showroom and check out the radio gear and accessories. We expect a good crowd and the lunch is next door at the Chinese Restaurant and the food has been pretty good in the past. All are welcome.....we are a friendly bunch!...If you are up early in the AM, tune in to 3940 for the Inter-Continental Net. Nice bunch of hams, over 100 checked in this morning, from all over the country with weather reports. I heard stations from Florida to NH, and many mid-western stations.....

How to Choose a Two-Way Radio

Popular Mechanics magazine article says Walkie-talkies, CB radios, and Ham radios are a fun and useful way to communicate with your group of friends and family

Two-way radios are usually either citizens-band, a.k.a. CBs, GMRS, or ham radios. They all operate on different frequencies, and have varying wattage outputs and ranges. Our handy guide explains the differences.

Read the Popular Mechanics article at
https://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/a22818698/two-way-radio-ham-cb-gmrs/

Electromagnetics, the W8JK Antenna, and the “Wow!” Signal
Or, “My friend, the Ohio State Professor, Dr John Kraus, W8JK”

Bob Houf-K7ZB

Antenna enthusiasts will recognize the call sign W8JK as the inventor of the classic array known as the W8JK flat-top beam. The antenna has unique characteristics that make it popular today and the interested ham can search the internet to find an almost overwhelming number of references for this design.

If you’re truly an old timer, you would know it as the ‘8JK flat-top beam antenna, originally described in the March and June (1937) issues of Radio Magazine and further discussed by Kraus in his QST article in the June, 1982 issue.

After spending 6 years in the Submarine Service of the US Navy I returned to school in pursuit of my Electrical Engineering degree at The Ohio State University. I had been an amateur radio operator as a 13-year-old teenager in 1963 and now it was the mid-1970’s and I was finally achieving my goal of obtaining my BSEE.

The first years went by at Ohio State and I began taking the core EE courses which included two semesters of Electromagnetics – starting with static charges, progressing through Maxwell’s Equations and on to antenna theory.

I was privileged to have as my instructor Dr John Kraus, W8JK, a distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the OSU Radio Observatory known as “Big Ear”. Dr Kraus had authored several text books on Electromagnetics and Antennas and his books were translated (sometimes illegally, as was done in the Soviet Union) in languages for use all over the world.

I had Dr Kraus for Electromagnetics for both courses and found him to be a very personable, if world-renowned expert in the subject matter.

His exams were always the most thoughtful and insightful of all the EE courses I took at Ohio State – he tested to see if you understood the core concepts he taught – each was an open book exam and if you did not understand the principles of the subject you stood little chance of doing well.

Now I had heard of the ‘8JK beam antenna some years earlier and one day in the second semester of Electromagnetics it finally dawned on me that, indeed, my professor must be the very same W8JK who invented the antenna.

So, I came up to Dr Kraus after one lecture on antennas and told him I was a ham and asked if he was the real W8JK – and the inventor of the array.

He was delighted I recognized his work – he had not made it known to our class that he was a ham – and said, yes, he was one and the same.

With that encouragement I went back to our little one room apartment in married student housing and began to really study his textbook analysis of the W8JK array.

I was rewarded for my effort when I discovered on the Final Exam for the course that Spring, that for one of the questions Dr Kraus had us analyze his W8JK antenna design!

A nice relationship was developed during that Junior year of school with Dr Kraus and when I discovered that he was the Director of the Ohio State Radio Observatory I went up to the top floor of the Caldwell Lab Engineering Building and spoke with Bob Dixon, W8ERD, the Assistant Director, about the possibility of becoming involved with the Observatory.

A very good friend of mine and fellow EE student, Mike Mraz, N6MZ (of DXpedition fame) was also interested in working in some capacity at the Radio Observatory so we both were encouraged to speak to Dr Kraus and he created a work-study project for us in our Senior year of school, working at the Radio Observatory just north of Columbus in Delaware, Ohio.

Mike took the lead with my assistance and we designed and developed a 50-channel active filter for the receiver for use in the sky scan of the heavenly sphere that was underway at the Radio Observatory.

Our filter was put into service in Spring of 1977 and was part of the receiver system that copied the famous “Wow! Signal” which has baffled the scientific community for decades. It was a narrow-band emission from a certain region of space that may have been from an intelligent source.

Whether that is true or not has been the subject of intense debate since August of 1977 when it was received. All one has to do is search the internet for the “Wow! Signal” and you can find articles, videos, analyses and debate which have raged nonstop for over 40 years. There have even been T-shirts made with the famous 6EQUJ5 signal strength report in the original computer printout for the Wow! signal…

During our Senior year of school, Dr Kraus invited Mike and I and our significant others to his home for dinner and a discussion of his research. He was a gracious host along with his lovely wife Alice and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

As members of the Electrical Engineering Honorary, Eta Kappa Nu, Dr Kraus hosted a picnic for us at his estate north of Columbus.

The small pond on his property was full of largemouth bass and I wangled permission from Dr Kraus to come out and fish for them when I had spare time.

On one of my visits to his home he showed me his radio shack and introduced me to his technique for determining if an HF band was open to a certain part of the world.

He would point his W8JK beam in the desired direction and send a single ‘dit’ and pause to listen – if he heard a delayed dit come back he knew the band was open for that frequency and azimuth since the ‘8JK beam has a bi-directional radiation pattern.

As a result of that visit and conversation I received my only QSL card from W8JK and for the frequency of the contact he paused, looked up at the ceiling and said, “Well, this was a person-to-person QSO so I guess the frequency must be in the visible light spectrum!” and he wrote 680nm for the wavelength of our QSO.

As the years passed I was able to occasionally keep up with Dr Kraus by letter and made one final visit to see him after his retirement.

He was as busy and productive in his retirement years as he was when he taught and did research at Ohio State.

I recall seeing him leaving the campus one day after the last class in the afternoon and he looked at me and said, “Now the second day begins!”.

73 and RIP, Dr Kraus.

Apollo 8 50th Anniversary Special Event Set for December 21 – 27

Several NASA Amateur Radio clubs will mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 on December 21 – 27, concluding the year-long NASA on the Air activity, which celebrates NASA’s 60th anniversary. The agency was created in 1958 through an act signed by President Dwight Eisenhower.

Apollo 8 was launched on December 21, 1968, and splashed down 6 days later on December 27. It was the first manned spacecraft to leave low-Earth orbit, orbit the moon, and return safely.

Special event operation will be on various bands and modes, and participating stations will self-spot on the DX cluster as well as via Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Rob Suggs, KB5EZ, at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center for more information.

Working Amateur Radio Satellites....space junk...

Stephen 2E0SSM recently did a talk at the Lincoln Shortwave Club about working amateur satellites and he has now published an article on his website

This is a basic introduction explaining the things Stephen had to learn when he first started.

A guide to working amateur satellites is now available at   http://mcbainsite.co.uk/working-amateur-radio-satellites/

Artist made a radio out of a kitchen sink

The IEEE Spectrum magazine reports on Amanda Dawn Christie’s work which commemorates the fading glory of shortwave radio

Some artists work in oils, say, or marble. Amanda Dawn Christie works in radio. Not radio in the sense of performing on air. But radio in the sense of the giant cultural and technological phenomenon that is broadcasting, and specifically shortwave broadcasting.

For decades, shortwave was the only way to reach a global audience in real time. Broadcasters such as the BBC World Service and Voice of America used it to project “soft power.” But as the Internet grew, interest in shortwave diminished.

Christie’s art draws from shortwave’s history, representing it in sculpture, performance, photography, and film. Her focus is the life of the Radio Canada International (RCI) transmitter complex, located in Sackville, New Brunswick, near Christie’s hometown. The transmitter was in operation from the 1940s until 2012.

“Those towers were always just a part of the landscape that I grew up around,” says Christie. It took a radio-building workshop to spark her interest: “I built a radio out of a toilet-paper tube.... I thought I did a great job because I picked up Italian radio. It turned out I did not—I was just really close to this international shortwave site.”

Read the full story and watch video Requium for Radio : Full Quiet Flutter at
https://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/profiles/this-artist-made-a-radio-out-of-a-kitchen-sink

TUESDAY EDITION: I checked in to the "Friendly Bunch on 3919 Monday early evening and I have to admit, they are a friendly bunch of hams. A refreshing touch in ham radio. If you check in and behave yourself over a period of time you will be issued an official membership number. Give them a listen! Bobby-KB4ABJ  is doing a good job quarterbacking the group, they have a Facebook page as well......This guy was pissed...Info on noise that was driving us nuts on 75 at night....FYI for new readers of this page, do not click on the images in the top banner section of the page, I warned you!....Big boys toys, great xmas ideas......Maintaining interest with kids about ham radio...

Suspicious package’ at post office was ham radio equipment

The Gainesville Sun reports the U.S. Post Office on Southwest 34th Street was briefly evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious package

The newspaper says:

A suspicious package found Thursday at U.S. Post Office on Southwest 34th Street was deemed non-threatening by law enforcement.

An email sent by Gainesville Police Department spokesman Capt. Jorge Campos said several officers responded to a call from the post office about a large package with pipes and wire coming from it.

Campos wrote that the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was called out and the building was evacuated.

It was eventually determined to be ham radio parts protruding through the box.

Employees were able to return to work.

Source
https://www.gainesville.com/news/20181207/suspicious-package-at-post-office-was-ham-radio-equipment

Santa Net 2018 Looking for net operators.

EST        23 Dec.  24 Dec.
2PM         AA4EE    AA4EE
3PM         K0BOT    K0BOT
4PM
5PM
6PM
7PM
8PM
9PM

FREQUENCIES-14.325- OR- FIRST CLEAR FREQUENCY

Rules are simple:
1. Time slots are one hour. I put myself down 2x.
2. Choose a time slot for yourself.
3. Whoever starts net at 14.325 or look for a clear frequency
4. Ignore deliberate interference
5. All licensed hams welcome to participate
6. For newcomers, Santa visits your station, and anyone who checks in,
can speak to Santa. Of course, when Santa speaks to young children, he
asks them what they want for Christmas.
7. Santa's helpers (relay stations) are always helpful and appreciated.
8. YL and XYL Operators are more than welcome! When Santa is busy in the 
workshop, Mrs. Claus does an outstanding job!
9. Use discretion- never promise a child he or she gets what they want;
sometimes a Shetland pony is not in the cards!
10. Any questions: contact me at aa4ee@mac.com-or 954-741-6200
11.if you wish me to speak to you, call 954-741-6200
12. As slots are filled in, I will send this to all participants.

WSJT-X 2.0 full release now available

The WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released, and developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, is urging FT8 and MSK144 users to upgrade to what will become the new standard

The ARRL says:

The FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been enhanced in a way that is not backward compatible with older versions of the program. That includes any version 1.9 releases.

"The new protocols become the worldwide standards starting on December 10, 2018, and all users should upgrade to WSJT-X 2.0 by January 1, 2019," Taylor said on the WSJT-X home page. "After that date, only the new FT8 and MSK144 should be used on the air."

Quick Start Guide for WSJT
https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Quick_Start_WSJT-X_2.0.pdf

FT8 Operating Guide by ZL2IFB
http://www.g4ifb.com/FT8_Hinson_tips_for_HF_DXers.pdf

Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 Receiver Suffers Apparent Failure...more space junk

The receiver on the newly launched Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 CubeSat seems to have suffered a receiver failure that could render the satellite unusable, AMSAT said over the weekend. Efforts continue by AMSAT Engineering to establish the cause of the problem and determine if a fix is possible. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, reported over the weekend that the issue cropped up during efforts to commission Fox-1Cliff/AO-95.

“After a few days of tests, analysis, and discussion, it appears that Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 will not be commissioned as our fourth Fox-1 Amateur Radio satellite,” Buxton said. Commissioning began on December 4, right after the CubeSat’s successful launch a day earlier.

“AMSAT Engineering will continue to evaluate and test Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 for solutions to the anomaly, and your continued help in providing telemetry is appreciated so that we can have data throughout her daily orbits, rather than limited data over our US stations,” Buxton said. “The data, analysis, and testing could lead to a positive solution, but at the very least will be important to AMSAT's satellite programs in providing information that would help us and others avoid similar situations with future missions.”

In a post to AMSAT-BB, Buxton mentioned one suggestion of employing a high-power station to see if AO-95 could hear its signal, but he added that AMSAT Engineering would not be offering a blow-by-blow narrative of its efforts to restore the satellite to operating condition, “unless it is something of merit or actionable.”

Buxton noted that AMSAT’s resources are limited, and all involved are volunteers. “Most — if not all — of our remaining Fox-1 engineers are also involved in the GOLF-TEE project, so I have asked them to give that first priority with their available volunteer time in order to keep the schedule,” Buxton said. “AO-95 is in orbit now, and we can vary the amount of attention on her as resources allow in order to achieve both goals. If the results of our investigation point to a possibility of recovery, be it partial, full, or some workaround method, we would all like to see her working as much as the rest of you, and that is a driver for this investigation.”

Buxton said he anticipates that AMSAT Engineering will continue to seek the cause of the apparent receiver failure, “until we have results or reach a dead end, because of the inability to take the lid off and look inside AO-95.”

“I will certainly be keeping everyone posted when we have something new to report,” Buxton said.

ARRL Bill Leonard Audio Reporting Award Presented in New York City

The 2017 ARRL Bill Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award for Audio Reporting was presented in New York on December 6 to the producers and staff of the radio program “The Takeaway.” The program, a joint production of Public Radio International (PRI), WGBH, and WNYC, aired a number of stories about Amateur Radio’s role in supporting disaster relief agencies in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, presented the Leonard Award for Audio Reporting to the program's executive producer, Arwa Gunja, and the show's staff. “The Takeaway” had interviewed Corey about how radio amateurs were supporting the American Red Cross’s efforts to convey “safety and wellness” messages from the island commonwealth to relatives on the US mainland.

Corey and ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, also toured the WNYC studios, where the program is produced.

MONDAY EDITION:.My readers in the Carolina's and Virginia got a taste of what we get in the winter- snow, wind, and power outages and the local DPW trying to deal with snow on the roads....nice sunset, twenty degrees and calm here today....Ok, what the hell is this broadband noise on 75 meters starting when the band goes long, starting  few days ago. It is horrible and everyone is talking about it. Is it foreign government jamming, some lunatic ham broadband jamming? I am going to give the ARRL and Boston FCC office a jingle and see if they are aware, they must be....sounds of RFI....Marijuana becoming legal is interesting, big companies wouldn't touch it. However now that they see the money, its all about money, Marlboro invested 1.8 billion in Canadian Marijuana.....how close are we to levitation boards....

The January Edition of Digital QST is Now Available! Lots of fun Ad's and a few articles...

The January of Digital QST is now available for viewing on your desktop or laptop. Click here to view the issue. It is also available for reading on your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device.

● Build a slot-cube antenna for 2 meters.

● Learn how to operate FT8 in the upcoming ARRL RTTY Roundup contest.

● Use a tiny monitor and a Raspberry Pi microcomputer to display your QSLs.

● See how flying and Amateur Radio combine.

…and much more!

Enjoy Content You Won’t Find in the Print Edition…

● See a video review of the SteppIR UrbanBeam 40- to 6-meter antenna by Pascal Villeneuve, VA2PV.

NASA On The Air

Listen for amateur radio clubs at NASA facilities as they participate
in the NASA On The Air activity to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the Apollo 8 mission that spanned launch December 21, 1968, to
splashdown on December 27, 1968.

The 50th anniversary event will start on 0000 UTC December 21, 2018
through 2359 UTC December 27, 2018.

14.271 MHz and other bands depending on conditions with spotting
announcements on DX clusters, FaceBook, and twitter.

QSL and a certificate with information available on QRZ.com

This marks the concluding event of the year-long NASA On the Air
celebration of 60th anniversary of NASA.

See https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com/

1940s Radio Times now online

The BBC Genome Project has released the next batch of pages from the publication Radio Times, this time covering the 1940s

The BBC have issued a warning about the content of the Radio Times saying "This historical record contains material which some might find offensive"

Read the copies of the Radio Times at
https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/
issues#decade-1940

WEEKEND EDITION: 22 degrees this morning, bright, sunny and no wind, good day for antenna work...This episode features two new exciting radios. There’s a sneak preview of the Yaesu FTdx 101 hybrid transceiver and a comprehensive overview of the high-performance Icom IC-R6800 general coverage receiver. Pete Sipple M0PSX visits the 2018 RSGB Convention. We chat with Graham Shirville G3VZV with an update on the latest news from AMSAT-UK including what to expect when the geostationary satellite Es’hail-2 is in full operation. And more down to earth, Bob Mccreadie G0FGX ventures into the controversial world of Network Radio! Martin Lynch & Sons - see http://www.hamradio.co.uk for more information on the Geochron Digital 4k and the full range of INAC loop antennas. Martin Lynch and Sons, the world's favourite ham store!

After 35 years of marriage, a husband and wife came for counseling. When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the years they had been married.
On and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured.

Finally, after allowing this for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking the wife to stand, he embraced and kissed her long and passionately as her husband watched - with a raised eyebrow. The woman shut up and quietly sat down as though in a daze.

The therapist turned to the husband and said, "This is what your wife needs at least 3 times a week. Can you do this?"
"Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I fish."

2018 QST Antenna Design Competition Winners Announced....

ARRL has announced the winners of the 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition.

“Dozens of entries were received, but only three could win,” said QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Requirements for the 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition included an antenna for one or more bands between 2200 meters and 10 meters that could fit within a 30 × 50 foot area and be no taller than 30 feet above ground at any point. 

“In other words, we were seeking designs for LF, MF, or HF antennas for limited-space applications,” Ford explained. “We wanted to see innovative antennas that would allow amateurs to get on the air without the need for towering supports and acres of property. Our winners not only met this challenge, they exceeded it.” The winners: 

  • First Prize ($600): “A High Power 160/80-Meter Transmitting Magnetic Loop Antenna” by Steve Adler, VK5SFA. 
  • Second Prize ($250): “LF/MF Reversible EWE Antennas for Small Lot, Weak Signal Applications” by Michael Sapp, WA3TTS. 
  • Third Prize ($150): “The 3/8-Wavelength Vertical for 20 Meters, a Hidden Gem” by Joe Reisert, W1JR.

Details of all three winning designs will appear in a future issue of QST between the advertisments.

Honorable Mentions

Several entries earned Honorable Mention status. We will be publishing these designs in QST later in the year as well. Honorable Mention recipients were: 

  • “A Magnetic Loop for 80, 40, and 20 Meters” by John Chappell, W3HX
  • “Superior Performance from a Unique HF Vertical Loop” by John Portune, W6NBC
  • “A 630-Meter Mini Antenna that also Works on 160 Meters” by David Day, N1DAY; Ernie Hollingsworth, KC4SIT, and Sid Hendricks, W4IOE
  • “A Multiband Flagpole with Dual Top Hat Wires” by Donald P. Crosby, W1EJM
  • “A Compact, Removable 20-Meter Loaded Vertical Dipole” by Stephen Appleyard, G3PND

Ford expressed his appreciation to all participants and to Joel Hallas, W1ZR, who headed up the judging process. “It took weeks to evaluate the entries, with a lot of that time spent running antenna modeling applications and studying the results,” Ford said.

Next: The 2019 QST Key Design Competition

Hams have been building their own Morse keys since the dawn of Amateur Radio, and some creations have become legend. In 2019, QST is inviting participants to submit their best Morse key/paddle designs in the QST Key Competition. Design styles can include straight key, semiautomatic key (bug), paddle, or sideswiper. The winner in each category will receive $250. Only one entry may be accepted per person or team, and the deadline to submit is June 1, 2019.

Entries must include the actual key (it will be returned following judging) as well as detailed drawings, photos, and a written narrative. Winners will be chosen based on ingenuity of design, ergonomics of operation, and overall craftsmanship. The judges’ decisions are final.

The key must be an independent mechanical device, not an integral part of another device such as an electronic keyer. Keys

Attorney Jane Hinckley Halprin Named as FCC’s Administrative Law Judge

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that Jane Hinckley Halprin will serve as the agency’s Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). She succeeds Judge Richard Sippel, who retired on December 1.

“Jane has done tremendous work at the FCC, and I congratulate her on this new role,” Pai said. “The good judgment she displayed working on ethics issues at the agency for over a decade will serve her well as our Administrative Law Judge.” Pai also thanked Sippel for his 32 years of service as an ALJ, during which he dealt with several Amateur Radio cases.

Halprin joined the FCC in 1987 as a staff attorney in the former Common Carrier Bureau and has occupied positions in the former Mass Media Bureau, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the Office of General Counsel. For the past 14 years, she has served in the Office of General Counsel as an Ethics Counsel and for the past year has led the agency’s ethics team as Assistant General Counsel for Ethics.

The FCC Office of Administrative Law Judges is responsible for conducting Commission-ordered hearings. An ALJ acts on interlocutory requests filed in the proceedings, such as contested discov

China's mission to the farside of the Moon

China is going where no one has gone before--the farside of the Moon.

Yesterday (Friday), a Long March 3B rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, propelling a lander and rover toward hidden craters possibly containing water and other resources key to future human exploration.

If the mission succeeds, it will catapult China into the forefront of lunar exploration with a landing that no other nation has even dared to attempt.

Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com for the full story

Coverage set for Russian spacewalk at International Space Station

Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station at 11 a.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 11, to conduct a six-hour spacewalk. Live coverage will begin at 10 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Expedition 57 Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos will use this spacewalk to examine a section of the external hull of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft currently docked to the space station.

In late August, a pressure leak occurred on the space station that was traced to the Soyuz. Within hours after finding the source of the leak, the Expedition 56 crew sealed the hole and the station has since maintained a steady pressure.

The cosmonauts will take samples of any residue found on the hull and take digital images of the area before placing a new thermal blanket over it. The samples and images will provide additional information that will aid the investigation into the cause of the pressure leak. The cosmonauts also will retrieve science experiments from Rassvet before heading back inside.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report- rehash of the week's news..

RADIO COMMUNICATION TO CONQUER AUSTRALIA'S BUSHFIRES

NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week with news of the bushfires plaguing Australia. With the sweep of fires this month in Queensland still pressing on Australians' minds, amateurs in Victoria, farther south, are looking at a highly local strategy making use of amateur radio - a blueprint they say can be replicated elsewhere. John Williams VK4JJW has that story.

JOHN: Like wildfire season in California, bushfire season in Australia brings the prospects of runaway, deadly destruction. That time is happening now.
TONY: Our bushfire are wildfires that are a danger everywhere from spring to autumn and the season like everywhere else is getting longer.
JOHN: That is Tony Falla VK3KKP, who is about to help conduct a training project in the Shire of Mount Alexander in Victoria, Australia. The effort is designed to provide a greater safety net against the deadly fires, also known as fire tornadoes. Tony said that while the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network works on a grand scale, this effort is designed to be very community-based, expanding on small radio networks that already exist in communities within the shire where hams regularly check in with one another anyway.
TONY: Most of the time everyone has got this things covered. They have radio systems all in place between the emergency networks. What they haven’t got – what I think is the missing link -- is the person in the bush who needs to call for help and can’t get through and that’s what I would hope we could provide.
JOHN: Most particularly that means disabled residents of the shire, individuals who would have difficulty if evacuation is needed or simply getting the message out that they’re in trouble. Starting on the 12th of December, Tony, who is a member of the Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club, will be working with committee members of the Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group who have expressed an interest in getting a Foundation Licence to help build this critical community-based network.
TONY: This is basically friends training friends to become eligible to communicate using licenced equipment and that’s all. It is a bit like the Air BnB of communication really. Just a friendship ostensibly that develops into a network of people who listen out for one another.
JOHN: The new hams will then go on to help other candidates, establishing regular nets, health-and-welfare checks and of course being ready for those emergencies when they happen.
TONY: We’ll be acting as an intermediary between the person calling and 000 which is our 911 -- but if someone is in dire danger we will be able to tell the police the fire brigade and so on that that’s the case.
JOHN: That’s life-saving communication for the people in the shire of M

VOICE BEACON GOES LIVE ON FOX-1CLIFF SATELLITE

NEIL/ANCHOR: At different times of the day, depending upon where you are in the world, you might point your HT skyward, tune it to 145.920 and hear this: [insert clip] “Fox-1Cliff Safe Mode.” That voice beacon also has a telemetry stream sending data back to AMSAT-North America using sub-audible tones, giving the status of the Fox-1Cliff satellite, which was among numerous ham radio satellites launched on December 3rd from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It was activated a few hours later. Paul Stoetzer N8HM, the executive vice president of AMSAT-NA, told Newsline that it’s still in the testing phase – so it’s for listening only. That’s what Newsline’s Dale Cary WD0AKO was doing when he captured that clip for us as it passed over his Minnesota QTH on Monday, December 3rd at 9:54 p.m. local time, shortly after its activation. Sometime after the second week of December, AMSAT hopes to enable operations on the 70cm and 23 cm uplink frequencies as well – but not just yet. Meanwhile, hams are encouraged to listen for this transmission of initial telemetry with the beacon on the satellite’s passes and then join the more than 110 amateurs around the world who have already uploaded details to the organization’s servers at amsat dot org (amsat.org) The message repeats every two minutes. As for the voice you’re hearing deliver it, that’s a young woman named Veronica who is the daughter of Tony Monteiro AA2TX. Tony had been AMSAT’s vice president of engineering and an unwavering advocate for the FOX series of satellites. Tony became a Silent Key in 2014 but now it is his daughter who is spreading the word that another satellite is making its way across the sky.

TALLYING THE RESULTS FROM JAMBOREE ON THE AIR

NEIL/ANCHOR: There were big numbers and big results for radio scouts in this year's Jamboree on the Air. Bill Stearns NE4RD adds it all up for us.

BILL: This week in Radio Scouting, we take a look at our results from Jamboree on the Air, we have one December activation to share, and we take a look ahead to 2019.

Jamboree on the Air in the United States brought out 10,700 scouts, 4,005 visitors, and 266 reporting stations. This was a 36 percent increase in scouts and nearly 18 percent increase in reporting stations. It was a busy weekend for all, including those participating in Jamboree on the Internet which saw an increase of 300 percent in activity. I see this as a call to the Amateur Radio community to double our efforts for next year! Our featured station in the report this year was K4L at Camp La-No-Che, in Paisley, FL which reported:

This was our first official JOTA-JOTI at our camp in over a decade. We had a soldout weekend of 1800 Cub Scouts for Cub Halloween & Fall Festival. We setup our new 60-foot tower, and used everything under the sun: HF, VHF, UHF, D-Star, DMR and Fusion. With 5 hams and 5-10 helpers throughout the day we managed to get everything through our two little pop-up tents.

Congratulations to them and to all the other units and amateurs that helped to make this year such a success.

For December activations we have one to share by Thomas Barker, WA1HRH. He'll be activating a special event callsign W1M at the Moses Scout Reservation in Russel, MA, from December 13th through the 16th. All the radio activity for scouts will be Saturday during the Woronoco Heights Outdoor Adventure where they not only have radio as activity, but scouts will be participating in Blacksmithing, Disc Golf, Geocaching, Orienteering, and more. Catch this active group on the bands!

Finally we're looking at very busy 2019 ahead of us. We have new goals to meet for Jamboree on the Air 2019, but before we get there we'll be doing World Jamboree this summer. This will truly be the year of Radio Scouting, and we're looking forward to you participating!

For more information on Radio Scouting, please visit our website at k2bsa.net.

ONE QSL CARD'S SPECIAL DELIVERY - EVENTUALLY

NEIL/ANCHOR: We all know that waiting for that special QSL card to arrive can sometimes feel like forever. Well, it took forever - or almost forever - for one QSL card to reach one amateur in Italy: try a quarter century! Graham Kemp VK4BB tells us this tale of patience and its great reward.

GRAHAM: Whether you are working on a kit build or troubleshooting an antenna issue, patience is always a virtue that pays off for amateur radio operators. Then, of course, you have Luigi, IV3XNF, for whom patience proved a virtue for QSL cards. He only discovered recently that his 1993 contact with FT4WD on Crozet Island was apparently overlooked – so quietly in fact that Luigi himself believed that he had actually got the QSL card from long ago before discovering that no, it apparently was never sent. Realizing this, Luigi wrote to the QSL manager Norbert F6AXX this past October and then settled back into his wait. On Nov. 27, a jubilant Luigi posted a picture of the card on Twitter which featured penguin after penguin after penguin on the subantarctic island – and the proud 5 and 9 signal report for the SSB contact with a French operator named Christian who held the call sign FD1NOG at the time. His contact with IOTA AF008 has thus been confirmed at last.
As Luigi wrote on Twitter, after 25 years: “never say never.”

HONORS IN OHIO FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

NEIL/ANCHOR: Being a steady, reliable presence when the community needs them has been the hallmark of one group of amateurs in southern Ohio. Jack Parker W8ISH shares this club's latest achievement.

JACK: Ohio residents who attended this year’s Christmas parade in Ironton, the seat of Lawrence County, may have noticed members of the Southern Ohio Amateur Radio Association providing communication for the annual spectacle. Well, the ARRL has been taking notice of the club too – and recently presented members with the Special Service award for work serving the public at everything from annual parades to emergency work during communications outages. Club president James Rowe N8TVO received the award on behalf of the club at its last meeting. Club members also train in first aid, CPR, fire services and serve as SKYWARN watchers for the National Weather Service, among their many other community assistance efforts. Congratulations to the Southern Ohio amateurs.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Jack Parker W8ISH.

HAM FINDS MORE U.S. LICENSEES THAN EVER BEFORE

NEIL/ANCHOR: If you're licensed in the U.S. and ever feel like you're in diminishing company, think again: Kyle Pilquist KD0NDG reported on his blog recently that his study of the FCC database, along with some number-crunching, revealed that our hobby still enjoys good health indeed. He reports on his blog that the ratio of new members to cancelled licenses is 1.4-to-1. Kyle writes: [quote] "So you could say for every cancellation we have almost 1 and a half new licenses to replace that with." [endquote] Although the FCC told Newsline it could not confirm the trend Kyle observed, the ARRL's Dave Isgur, N1RSN told Newsline that yes indeed there is a slight uptick in the number of licenses the league tracks. Dave said it might be due to the emphasis these days on STEM education and a focus on technology, along with the exposure amateur radio got during the hurricanes of 2017. Whatever the reason, we all welcome the news -- and the company on the air.

ONTARIO RADIO AMATEUR ADMITTED TO HALL OF FAME

NEIL/ANCHOR: The Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame just gained a new member. Kevin Trotman N5PRE tells us more about him, his radio career and this special honor.

KEVIN: Neil Carleton VE3NCE has much to be proud of right now. The Ontario amateur has been admitted to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame by the RAC’s board of trustees. In making its announcement on Dec. 1, the board noted Neil’s commitment not just to his years as a classroom teacher by profession but an educator in radio science to youngsters in the Ontario school system. According to the RAC, Neil served as one of the key advisors when the RAC Youth Education Program was being developed to open kids’ eyes to ham radio and, at the same time provide whatever resources teachers and community youth groups need to further the kids’ education in the subject.
Many of the hams who supported Neil’s induction into the Hall of Fame noted that amateur radio has been as big a deal in his classroom as textbooks themselves.
Said Bob Clermont VE3AKV [quote] “Mr.Carleton has used amateur radio as an educational tool in his classroom for years, with contacts around the world, having his students talking to various countries and exotic locations.  I most wholeheartedly support and endorse Neil Carleton to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.”

IN INDIA, A FAMILY REUNION THANKS TO RADIO

NEIL/ANCHOR: The power of radio is unmistakable. It has the power to help save lives - and in this case, to reunite them, as we hear in this report from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: In India, a young man who had been reported missing for more than six months was successfully reunited with his family in Bihar with the help of the West Bengal Radio Club. Arun Kumar Rai’s family had reported him missing after he had travelled to Kolkata to look for work. Although the details weren’t clear about his subsequent whereabouts, he had apparently met with an accident, was admitted to a rural hospital, but had been unable to communicate with the doctors. He was eventually moved to the M.R. Bangur Hospital in Kolkata and their administrators had asked hams from the West Bengal club for their assistance in tracking down his family.
The club’s secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, told the Times of India that because it was difficult to ascertain where the young man had been before his admission to hospital, it was difficult to track down his family. He added that the man’s photograph was then circulated by other club amateurs, with better results.  His family was tracked down to their village in Bihar and they arrived, not long afterwards. Soon the 25-year-old was heading home with them on a train.
The reunion came only two weeks after the club had also assisted with the return of a 55-year-old man to his family in Tripura after he too had gone missing four months earlier.

WORLD OF DX
In this week’s World of DX, listen for Alex, 5B4ALX, active as C4XMAS in Cyprus until December 31st to celebrate the Christmas season. He is on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IZ4AMS, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog.

In the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Peter, DD1GG, is active through December 19th as DD1GG/HI. He is operating holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.

Tom, N9EAW, is on the air as HQ9T from Roatan Island, Honduras, until December 18th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via N9EAW direct.

December is YOTA month – Youngsters On The Air. Be listening all month for youngsters active with the "YOTA" suffix in the callsign. Participating stations include 4O18YOTA Montenegro, HA6YOTA Hungary, R18YOTA RUSSIA and dozens of others.

There’s an update too on the much-anticipated Three-Y-Zero-Eye DXpedition to Bouvet Island. While the departure date is still not known, the team has room for two more operators competent in CW and SSB and experienced in handling challenging weather. If you’re up for the challenge, drop a line to Dom at k38dom at gmail dot com (k38dom@gmail.com)

KICKER: HAVING A HOLIDAY QSO WITH 'SERGIO & SERGEI' IN JAPAN

NEIL/ANCHOR: Continuing its trip around the globe, a popular film about amateur radio during the Cold War Era is about to be released in theaters in two more countries. Mike Askins KE5CXP has the details.

MIKE: Who doesn’t love a holiday movie? “Miracle on 34th Street.” “Polar Express. “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Only a Grinch among amateur radio operators would dare to challenge the latest one to be released into theaters on Saturday, Dec. 1st. “Sergio & Sergei,” which debuted in the U.S. earlier this year, has finally made its way to the screen in Japan, as of Saturday, December 1st, and is set to show up in theaters in Poland on December 7th. Set in the Cold War Era, just as the Soviet Union is in the throes of collapse, the film tells the story of the friendship between an amateur radio operator in Cuba and the cosmonaut Sergei, circling the earth in limbo aboard the Mir space station as political dismantling of the USSR gets under way below. The 93-minute film was an award-winner at the recent Havana Film Festival in New York, for best script. Now the creative team is hoping the dialogue in its Morse Code and SSB sequences get a good signal report from movie-going hams and non-hams – in any language.
For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m Mike Askins KE5CXP.

TGIF EDITION: Good morning to all, another day in paradise...no snow, sunny, flat calm on the ocean, about 29 nipply degrees out, I don't have to go out so it doesn't make any difference....NE Pats can wrap up the division this Sunday....CAARA radio club has the Xmas Party this Saturday.....A computer repair store in Gloucester, next to me, is opening up a Radio Shack store as part of his business. that should be interesting, he opens next week....

Introducing the RS-BA1 Version 2 Dualwatch Remote Control Software

The RS-BA1 remote control software gained popularity by allowing Amateur radio operators to operate selected Icom radios from a PC via IP.

The RS-BA1 offers real-time operation with low latency, high-quality audio allowing you to use an Icom radio installed in another room using your home network, or even from a remote location over the Internet.

A new version of this software is now available called RS-BA1 Version 2 which will allow users to take advantage of some of the features of HF radios such as the IC-7610, IC-7851 and IC-7850 including dualwatch operation and dual spectrum scope.

The RS-BA1 Version 2 will allow the dualwatch operation and dual spectrum scopes with waterfall functions* to be used on your remote PC. MAIN and SUB spectrum scopes can be observed on the RS-BA1 Version 2 at the same time. Of course, the RS-BA1 Version 2 can be used with Icom single receiver transceivers. We advise that you consult with the product leaflet for the level of compatibility and available functions.

To find out more about this product visit the dedicated 
RS-BA1 Version 2 Dualwatch Remote Control Software Product Page
.

The RS-BA1 Version 2 is available from all Authorised Icom Amateur radio dealers. Two versions are available including a packaged version with the RC-28 remote controller with a suggested retail price of £282.00 inc.VAT. A standalone RS-BA1 Version 2 upgrade for previous users of the RS-BA1 Version 1 is available with a suggested retail price of £84.00 inc.VAT.

Please note:
* RS – BA 1 Version 2 is a new product. You cannot upgrade the previous RS –BA1. It is necessary to purchase the new version.
** The dualwatch and dual spectrum scope functions are only for the IC-7851, IC-7850 and IC-7610. The spectrum scope functions (single receive) are usable with the IC-7300.

Foundations of Amateur Radio #183

How do I get a better antenna?

The question that new amateurs most often ask after "What radio should I buy?" is "How do I get the best antenna?".

In a household where you're the only antenna affected aficionado the question is likely more along the lines of: "Why do you need another antenna?".

The answer is pretty much the same, an antenna is fit for purpose, generally only one purpose.

Going from A to B without walking might involve a car. If it's just you, one seat is enough, if your local cricket team is coming too, you might need more seats. If the road is rough, you might need a good suspension and if it's the middle of summer in Australia, air-conditioning isn't a luxury but a necessity.

Each of those different requirements varies depending on circumstance and need. There are plenty more variables, fuel, distance, cost, and the deeper you dig, the more choices.

Antennas are no different.

While cars have an element of fashion, colour, styling etc. antennas are more utilitarian, radio amateurs rarely care about the colour of their contraption, but they do care about cost, construction and performance.

Those three variables alone would make for plenty of choice, but we've not yet talked about some other variables that come into play.

If you're a licensed amateur, picking the frequency you want to use is obvious and a major factor in the choice of antenna, but if you're not an amateur, that's not something obvious, but you have seen it before.

Without going into the physics of how and why, imagine all the antennas you've seen in your life. There's a TV antenna on the roof, the antenna on a transistor radio, an antenna on a car, the antenna on your Wi-Fi modem, a mobile phone antenna, satellite dishes, you might have seen antennas near train lines, on top of traffic lights, on a GPS and on a satellite phone. You might not be familiar with all of them, but enough to know that there is a huge range of different types of antennas. The more you look, the more variation you find.

You might think that each of those different antennas was chosen at the whim of the person spending the money, but actually, each of those antennas was chosen for a specific job. Each of those antennas works on at least one frequency, sometimes more and does so taking into account its purpose. Is the antenna for sending, or receiving, or both? Is it supposed to work regardless of where it's installed, or how high off the ground it is? Does it need to take into account interference from a particular direction? Is it meant for strong or weak signals, does it need to have a defined lifespan, deal with a particular wind strength, etc. etc.

Answering each of those questions determines the choices made to select an antenna from the infinite variety available.

As an amateur, my licence allows me to operate in six different frequency ranges or bands. Technically that means at least six different antennas, just so I can use the frequencies I'm licensed for.

Of course I'm only scratching the surface here, since I've already explained that antennas come in many different shapes and sizes, each with different characteristics and trade-offs.

So next time you wonder why so many different antennas, that's why.

If you've been wondering when I'll answer the bit about the best antenna, you should already have a clue by now, but the real answer is unsurprisingly: "That depends."

"On what?" you ask.

On which ever variables you care about and to which degree. The best antenna depends on the questions you ask. Ask better questions, get a better antenna.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

To listen to the podcast, visit the website: http://podcasts.vk6flab.com/.

A message just arrived on my phone that said :a little bit further north and Cape Ann would be in "the ass crack of the world"...

THURSDAY EDITION: Sunny, calm, and cold here on Cape Ann....Former Governor Deval Patrick announces he will not run for President.  This is the asshole that's first order of business was charging the state for a new Cadillac for his personal vehicle, old diamond Deval....Now if we can get the dems to run "Pocahontas" Warren for Prez, the Republican are guaranteed a win in 2020, especially if they can replace Trump with anyone who doesn't know how to tweet and can zip his lips once in a while....

New Two-Ham ISS Crew Launched to ISS is the First Since Aborted October Flight

Three astronauts — including two radio amateurs — have docked at the International Space Station (ISS) on the first crewed Soyuz vehicle launch since a dramatic failure in October. The astronauts the US, Canada, and Russia, left Kazakhstan at 1130 UTC on December 3, and the Russian space agency Roscomos confirmed their successful docking at the station. On board were David Saint-Jacques, KG5FYI, a Canadian engineer, astrophysicist, and medical doctor; space veteran Oleg Kononenko, RN3DX, of Russia, and Anne McClain, of the US. Investigators have blamed a faulty sensor, said to have been damaged during assembly in Kazakhstan. Crew commander Kononenko said his crew recognized the risks of spaceflight as part of their profession and expressed confidence in the flight preparation.

The three-person crew’s mission was originally set for later this month, but officials moved up the date to avoid leaving the space station unstaffed, when the current ISS crew of cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor, KG5TMT, and Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, return to Earth on December 20.

Meanwhile, NASA astronaut Nick Hague, KG5TMV, who was on the aborted October 11 Soyuz launch, is getting ready for another try. Hague, NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are scheduled to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome on February 28 aboard the Russian Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft.

The trio will join the ISS Expedition 58 crew that just went up, and they will return to Earth in October 2019 as members of Expedition 60. Hague and Koch will serve as flight engineers for Expeditions 59 and 60. Ovchinin will serve as a flight engineer on Expedition 59 and as the commander of Expedition 60.

This will be Koch’s first spaceflight. Hague and Ovchinin were on their way to join the station’s Expedition 57 crew on October 11, when their Soyuz’s rocket booster experienced a malfunction shortly after launch, aborting the mission. Both returned safely to Earth. The MS-10 flight abort marked the first Russian human spaceflight booster accident in 35 years.

Investigators looking into the October 11 incident said afterward that other Soyuz vehicles may have been similarly defective, but pointed out that additional pre-flight checks had been introduced. NASA offered its own reassurances about continued cooperation with and confidence in the Russian space program.

Understanding Equipment Reviews

Navigating the vast array of amateur radio equipment today is one of the most difficult tasks for hams young and old. We are inundated with new products, enamored of once great ones and in a complete quandary as to what to use in the shack. How do I know this? The proliferation of equipment reviews.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am an insatiable reader of reviews. Who isn’t? I mean really. Even you old code-knowing bull-extras must admit that you don’t understand the technical information published with new equipment. Oh I see you sitting there all sage looking and stuff when they mention that the FM sensitivity is (BW: 15 kHz at 12dB SINAD) is 0.32ìV @ 54 mHz but you can’t fool me. You have no clue what that means. Oh, you have your wife fooled about this, alright. I get that. “But HONEY!” you say…“How can I not buy it? The FM sensitivity is….well let me write it down so you can see it more clearly (BW: 15 kHz at 12dB SINAD) is 0.32ìV @ 54 mHz! So you see honey it is really important that I get this IC-7851. And look at the upside…..It is only $14,000.00 and Myrtle’s husband just paid $38,000.00 for a bass boat! And he doesn’t even let her drive it…and you can get your license and use this radio anytime you like…and even with the tower and antenna this radio ‘needs’ it STILL won’t come up to what even a smaller bass boat than Myrtle’s husband’s boat would cost….and…well... Honey, if you really want a bass boat like Myrtle’s I could go for that instead. We could get one instead of the new radio. And it would be something we could do together. Every weekend you could put on a bikini and ride on the seat up front and we could clean the fish together and you could cook on the boat and help me load it on the trailer behind our new boat-towing truck…..and…” No. You can’t fool me. You have no clue what those numbers mean. What you do know is that you are dying to practice the complacency in your voice when you say, nonchalantly….”rig here is an IC-7851...” and you immediately become known as ….“that is Bill. He is the president (for life) of the radio club. He has an Icom-7851….. you modestly smile from across the room.”

Well anyway. Reviews.

Reviews are valuable before any purchase. They give you the opportunity to see what other hams have to say about the equipment you are about to purchase. Always honest and objective, your fellow hams will never steer you wrong; true Elmers to the man (or woman as the case may be.)

There are several kinds of reviews and we will look at each one of them in turn. Before we do however it is important to understand the five point scoring system typically used in reviews. Here is what those numbers mean.

FIVE

Five is the highest score a piece of equipment can get. This is the transcendent item that each ham should have. It means that there is nothing better in its category and (we must also consider) for the price. Price is very important to keep in mind when seeing a five rating. This must be why the Tempo 2020, (yes I have trashed this overcomplicated Chinese puzzle of a radio before)… a radio which is one of the most frustrating pieces of…ah…equipment that has ever urged its considerable bulk onto the amateur radio stage and which people will literally pay you to haul away if they can just keep the power cord to sell to another unsuspecting ham who read the reviews that….wait for it…rate it higher than the $3300.00 TenTec Orion or the even more expensive and sophisticated Icom 7610. And maybe it would be a good choice if the bleeding cord did not bring the cost of the Tempo up to that of the other two……Anyway…

Five is also important to the reviewer for validation. It goes something like this: I bought this. I am smart and knowledgeable. I even know code. Others rated it 5. It has to be good.

Finally 5 is for Collins. If you try to enter anything less than 5 for a Collins radio the posts are likely to be deleted by the moderator because the reviewer is obviously deranged. Any reviewer who to rates Collins equipment under 5 is just an iconoclastic hard-nose who could not afford one when it was new and who wants to trash it just to get up the noses of the hams who could afford it. He/she is in all likelihood a no-code extra who works mainly, shudder, phone.

FOUR and THREE

Four and Three are the two honest ratings. A reviewer who gives something a four or a three is really thinking about the equipment. It goes without saying that most equipment really is about average or slightly above average. These are the reviews that usually make the most sense. That is why they are totally useless and is why we are thoroughly upset when we read them. What am I to learn from a review that tells me that the equipment I am lusting after is just...well…fine? Can you imagine buying a golf club that advertises that you will hit the ball just about the same as you always have but this one is newer and prettier? Do you want to read that the Global Eliminator Premier Magnum 201S/AT that you just paid $6000.00 for is….well….according to some guy in Georgia, “very nice”?

Now there is a big difference between 3 and 4. (You knew there would be.) Four means that the item was not disappointing. 3 means that someone who saw The 32-bit high speed floating decimal point DSP, TMRPS220C6727B (maximum 2800 MIPS/ 2100 MFLOPS) made by “Merican Instruments in the USA by ‘Mercans did not stop his neighbor’s aquarium heater from blowing away that Clipperton Island station and he would have to go ahead and talk to his neighbor and give him a piece of his mind about his noisemaker, like he has been meaning to for seven years if he could only catch the guy at home because he travels a lot wrestling on TV and he just keeps missing him. Three also means that Yaesu put a rebate on the radio a week after he bought it.

TWO

Ratings of Two are reserved for those items whose instruction manuals could not be read by a team of German engineers, Japanese technical writers and Egyptian scribes. These reviews are almost always posted by hams who do not have a 12 year old boy in the household. Two is never given by someone who has actually read the manual in the presence of the radio. This is key. Most manuals are read on the cra…that is to say read in the toil……what I mean to say is not read while actually operating the radio.

Two might also mean that the reviewer bought the item used and it arrived with a scratch on it. Or that it did not make his code faster. Or after 11 years the battery died. My favorite “two” review was written by a guy who subsequently tried to sell the radio on the same site where he posted the ‘two’ review. His ad was, shall we just say, somewhat divergent from his review.

ONE AND ZERO

Somebody at the factory did not call the reviewer back or he got dropped into voice mail. These ratings also apply to new equipment that was damaged in shipping. Other reasons for a one rating are late delivery, shipping fees, missing screws, Paypal problems and communists/lib’rals. How about the guy who gave a new Icom 7800 a zero? Why? Because it was broken. Did he send it in for repair? No. He couldn’t make it work, or it had a fault from the factory so it was the worst possible radio. If he still has it I hereby offer him $100.00 for it and I will come get it and take the abomination off his hands before it gets his dog preg…I mean causes a problem.

Now that we understand these ratings we can actually start to look at the reviews themselves. My first inclination was to simply mention some of the things we have all experienced but I think a more organized approach is called for. For this reason I am going to start with the big Kahuna… HF Transceivers.

REVIEWING HF TRANSCEIVERS

This is where it all starts. Without a good transceiver we are just aging know-it-alls annoyingly drumming our fingers on the table. At least the code types are. What better way to choose a transceiver than to carefully read the reviews that other hams offer? (Well. Actually trying out the rig is better but what good is that advice in an article about reviews?)

The first thing you should know about transceivers is that all of them are very important to their owners. They get a 5 for the same reason that a cranky ugly step child does. It may not be much but it is mine, I got it on purpose and I’m darned well going love it.

There is an often quoted review site (named after a famous forest) that posts highly technical reviews about transceivers. I am just as sure that they know exactly what they are talking about as I am sure that the rest of us really, don’t. My guess is that very few of us get much further than the ranking of the machine on that site. It has a great deal of very technical information available for us. I am sure it is very edifying to read and understand this information. If I had a child I would want him/her to read it. But when I show it to my very smart XYL her eyes glaze over just a bit faster than mine do. Also Mr. Sherwood. When your footnotes go through the entire alphabet and get up to .af again you are not being thorough, you are being unkind.

Some of my favorite transceiver reviews are posted by what I can only refer to as the ‘eager beaver’. How many times have I read a very thoughtful and fact-filled review only to get to the last line, which reads, “and as soon as I can afford it I am going to buy one and actually try it”. Oh for God’s sake man. You should not tease people like that. You posted a review and you have never used the radio? You should write a sex manual. I actually saw a transceiver review which went into great detail about a particular transmitter’s AGC overshoot and its effect on amplifiers and then said, “…and that is why I am not ever going to buy this transceiver or an amplifier”. Will someone please hit this guy with a wet sock for me?

Some reviewers are engineer types. They stack their pencils up according to height and know every feature of the transceiver backward and forward. Then they post a 1200 word tome getting into such details as the cabinet height and what menu item setting the clock is. Thanks for that. If I wanted to read the manual I’d go to the bath….well who reads manuals anyway? Manuals? Really? Why do you think that that guy who writes those handy mini-manuals, whoever he is, drives a Porsche and lives on a mega yacht with a fallen Hooters girl named Bitsy?

While we are here I guess it is time to put a stop to another familiar take-off point. Don’t we all love the reviews which begin, “I have been a ham for over 112 years…” We all understand and respect your experience but I have to say that if I was about to have a medical procedure and the surgeon wheeling himself into the OR greeted me with, “Hi. My name is doctor Methuselah. I have been a surgeon for over 90 years and I will be doing your colonoscopy today young fellow” I would fly out of the room and not stop running until I hit McDonalds. (Most of you know what I mean about the McDonalds reference. If you don’t you will when you turn 50.) If your Elmer was Heinrich Rudolf Hertz you have bragging rights on me for sure but here is the thing. Some people have one year of experience and some people have 20 years of experience but most people have one year of experience twenty times. Ok? You have experience. You know how to use those beeping key thingies. Got it.

I honestly love the review I read for a modern transceiver that read, “I have been a ham for over 60 years and have only had three transceivers. I can tell you this Yaesu xxxx is the very best one I have ever had. I am going to keep it for the rest of my life”. I learned a whole lot from that. On the flipside I really have to give credit to the guy who posted this review. I am paraphrasing.

“ I am a new ham and this is my first radio. I really love it and I have talked to a lot of people on it. It sounds really good. It took some study and practice to learn how to use it. I think you should get one and then concentrate on talking to a lot of people too.” No stuff. I think this is the most truthful review ever posted. Not only that, but I find the enthusiasm shown by this ham heartwarming. I almost bought a radio like his to remind myself of what I love about this hobby in the first place. Perhaps I relearned more about amateur radio from that review than from all of the others I have ever read.

OK. So they almost had to beat the breath back into me (I was laughing so hard) when I read this about a top-end Kenwood. “I previously gave this transceiver a 3 because the front-end was so weak. I want to revise my review and give it a 5. I replaced my G5RV Mini with a 3 element Mosley and the radio came alive”. That ranks right up there with “the SWR on this transceiver is terrible. I can’t get it under 5 to 1 so I am giving it a 3.”

Why is it that every other reviewer’s “other rig” is a Yaesu 9000MP, and Icom 7850 or a Flex 9631.56 (or whatever they are up to this week.) . We have all seen it. It goes something like this. “I have an Icom 7851, a Kenwood 990S and a Flex 6700 but I find myself coming back to the ole’ TS-120.” I have just one serious question for this reviewer. Sir. What in the name of all that is holy is wrong with you? You bought $25,000.00 worth of radios and didn’t notice that they had a great many buttons, levers and twisty thingies on them? OK. The venerable TS-120 has ‘raised’ a few generations of hams. But if you have all of those other rigs and can’t resist the 120’s smell of pledge and aging electrolytic you need to box those mega rigs up and send them to me. I will read the manuals (Or at least the rich guy’s perfume infused mini guides) and put them to good use. It would be OK to say that you liked using it for its simplicity but be honest. Compared to those other rigs, it sorta’ bites. (Not the Tempo’s major biteage mind you.) It is completely analog, granted, but it goes from off to noisy-sucky mode almost immediately. There is something to be said for that. I had one as did the majority of us lest we look down our noses but the question hanging in the air is……Rating of 5? There was a reason you gave it to the new guy in the radio club and it wasn’t because it was the best transceiver, ever.

Now I just have to ask you. Really folks. Be honest. Can you really tell the difference in sensitivity between an Icom 756 Pro and an Icom 756 Pro II? And that begs the question. Why did you replace your Pro (which you rated 5 six months ago) with a Pro II which you are rating 5 today. OK. We get that you bought Microsoft when it was $10 a share but did you really need a new radio? Well that is a dumb question on my part I guess. Who among us does not need a new radio every few weeks?

Rating transceivers is the most fun for sure. It is also where you hear the most nonsense. You can take this from me, and I think I speak for all of us when I say, we do not have a clue what third-order-pre-injection intermodulation is. (Or if it is even a real thing but I just got some of you, didn’t I? You know who you are. You just Googled it didn’t you? Fess up.) So come on folks. Give us what we want. Tell us we are going to love it. Tell us it is so sensitive that it can separate two stations both on 14.300. Tell us that it will work Pitcairn, record our QSO’s, pet the cat and give us DX Century club on 6 meters. Remember the most important thing you must keep in mind when you write a transceiver review is this…If we, your gentle readers, didn’t already want it we wouldn’t be reading the review.

Amplifiers

The first thing to remember is that there are two kinds of amplifiers. Ameritron and the others. Ameritron makes (if I remember correctly) exactly 2732 different kinds of Amplifiers. (Next month’s new product releases are not out yet.) All of the others make about 6. One of the cool things about MFJ amplifiers (other than the fact that they work really well for less than the price of a Jaguar) is that if you read the advertising in their catalog you know pretty much all you need to know to buy one. All of the others make claims like the league of superheroes and justice. “Buy this Omega 45,000 and you will be able to work dead popes like never before. It can transmit RTTY at 3000 watts, on the international calling frequency, until the FCC comes knocking.“

It is important that we use real word examples so I commend to you this one. “Before I decided to buy an ACOM 1000 I operated a couple of other amplifiers like the Ameritron AL-811, Heathkit SB-200 and Yaesu FL-2100Z.” Boy you sure put that Acom to the test. You compared it to an amplifier that costs new 1/5 of what the ACOM costs new and the other two? The Yaesu could have been used to announce Willie Mays rookie season….and the Heathkit? Well there are two kinds of 200’s. The kind that are made by Heathkit and assembled by some guy named Earl and the kind that are made by Harbach by jacking up a Heathkit case and putting new guts under it. So this review was analogous to this one: “I compared the Bentley Turbo S Salon to the Plymouth and the Desoto and like the Bentley better.” Fascinating. I am glad you shared that with us.

All amplifier reviews must start out with the phrase, “this AMP puts out a full___xxxx_watts. Good for it. As I said in a previous article, and this is a key point, if your amplifier does not put out its rated power it is broken. Do not review it because it is broken. Of course you have checked to make sure it is attached to an antenna, on the correct frequency, getting enough juice from the exciter…..etc. You did. Right? Start again.

I actually stopped a bad review from happening one time. A ‘friend’ called me to tell me that the Amer…that is to say, unnamed amplifier he had just bought at a hamfest did not work, I believe he said, it was not worth a tinker’s something. He was going to get right on eHam and tell everyone about this mighty fine…..that is to say, amp. I was surprised because the amp was an old favorite of mine and one I knew to be pretty much bullet proof. I asked him the usual questions and come to find out he had even taken the tube out and tried it in his other amp. It worked fine. I was just about to tell him to send it back to MF…I mean the factory when he paused and said, “this amp was a pain in the behind from the start. I had to cut the “foreign” plug off and wire a new one just to get it to plug into the wall”. And I learned about reviews from that. I wish he had sent it back for repair. I imagine the good folks at Stark….uh.. the factory could use a laugh.

Another thing to think about when reading Amplifier reviews is this. Very few hams know what PEP actually means. I did read a review that said, “The PEP in this amp is not good at all on SSB.” Sigh.

Moving on. I totally get that you are more proud of the Eimac tube in your amplifier than you are of your daughter who got her ankle monitor cut off early for good behavior but seriously Mr. Reviewer. We did not really need to know the brand of the tube. I also take exception to your referring to some tubes as “Chicom”. I know it will upset some of my gentle readers to say it but if the tube works it works. That is pretty much the deal. (I have about 3000 tubes and love them all equally. Well there is this one little magic eye hottie…..)

I was about to launch into antennas when it occurred to me that I would be heading for the rocks if I do. Besides, the little counter just hit 3400 words. So just a couple of comments about antennas.

If, during an A/B test your shorty dipole outperforms your three element Yagi, you should install a rotor, not rate it zero. If you have a rotor turn the antenna 90 degrees and tell us what happened. (Then you should go look up the tower. The reflector is the long one.) If all of these things are correct then take a hack saw to your tower.

Before you write a review please understand this. Nobody understands gain. You are just as qualified as the antenna manufacturers to claim that your antenna has gain. How much is completely up to you. In order to sound knowledgeable be sure to pick either DBI or DBD. Either one will do. Nobody understands them either and you are just guessing anyway. If you want bonus points be sure to mention an isotropic radiator. That will knock them dead. Just don’t do what one fine reviewer did and claim that you have one.

Well. That is a short take on reviews. We can cover some more if y’all like. Please keep writing them. I love reading them and they are a real service. Don’t go reading mine. I will just claim that I had been drinking at the time anyway.

Copyright Rick McCallum

STILL NIPPY WEDNESDAY: I see a little sea smoke on the ocean today, that's cold....I hear Durham, NH is not having a xmas tree next year, it offends some of the residents. Land of the Free, Home of the brave, my ass.....

FCC Will Be Closed on Wednesday, December 5.....I imagine the ARRL will too..

In observance of the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, the FCC will close on Wednesday, December 5.  All paper and electronic filings due on December 5 are now due on Thursday, December 6, the Commission’s next official business day. Additionally, December 5 will not count in computing filing periods shorter than 7 days because it will be a Commission holiday. Due to the unanticipated closure of the federal government on Wednesday, December 5, the Commission will delay the onset of the sunshine period prohibition with respect to its December 12 Open Meeting. The sunshine period prohibition will begin at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 6, rather than at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, December 5.

Space Junk: Fox-1Cliff initial telemetry received

Fox-1Cliff with an amateur radio FM transponder was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on December 3 at 18:34:05 GMT and activated at 23:54:27 GMT

The AMSAT website reports:

At approximately 00:30 UTC on December 4th, several stations in Brazil, including PS8MT, PT9BM, and PT2AP, reported hearing the voice beacon “Fox-1Cliff Safe Mode,” confirming that the satellite was alive.

Just before 00:40 UTC, AMSAT Fox-1 Team Member Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, was the first to submit and upload telemetry to the AMSAT servers.
Initial telemetry values show the satellite to be in good health.

Thanks to the 29 different stations that contributed telemetry during Fox-1Cliff’s initial orbits. All stations are encouraged to please continue collecting telemetry during the commissioning process and are reminded not to transmit on the uplink frequencies until AMSAT opens the satellite for general use. The commissioning process is expected to take approximately 7-10 days.

I think I will pass on this one...

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

'We won't go too close with the chainsaws and whatnot'

Lazy perverts of all genders, get in here. Australia has the household service for you.

Bare All Cleaning, which sends women round to do chores in the buff, has hit back at claims of sexism by rolling out a gardening service performed by naked blokes.

No, not that kind of gardening service. Actual gardening, like... hedge trimming.

"We're a naked cleaning and gardening service, we're all across Australia but we've recently come to Adelaide," founder Brett Jones says

"Whatever floats your boat, we can try and cater for that."

Hate ironing and folding (seriously, who even does that)? AU$90 an hour will get a scantily clad or Full Monty cleaner to do it for you. If $650 is burning a hole in your pocket, a team of two will "cook and clean", the telly news channel reported.

Wet T-shirt window washing and after-party clean-ups for the hungover round out the female side of the offering.

To counter "a barrage" of totally "unfounded" accusations of sexism, Jones started sister biz Bare All Gardeners.

And it appears new recruit Leeroy Evans couldn't be happier with his hiring. "It's kind of liberating, everybody likes to get their kit off now and again. It's all natural," he said.

"Vitamin D is great for your skin.

"Obviously we won't go too close with the chainsaws and whatnot."

The Australian public is a bit "Yeah, nah".

"It's pretty disgusting, wouldn't you say?" said one chap interviewed on the street. "It sounds like borderline prostitution."

The firm enforces a "look but don't touch" policy, though admitted that it once had to remove a worker who was "at risk" of harassment. "They're there to do the job, they're not there to provide a sex service," Jones said.

NIPPY TUESDAY: Funeral this morning, its going to be cold at the graveyard....

AMSAT's Fox-1Cliff Amateur Radio CubeSat Launched Successfully

SpaceX has announced that the SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission carrying AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat has been deployed into orbit. A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle carried Fox-1Cliff and several other satellites into space this afternoon Eastern Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, following a 1-day launch delay.

“Successful deployment of four microsats and the upper and lower free flyer with additional payloads for Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express confirmed. Follow @SpaceflightInc for further mission updates,” SpaceX tweeted this afternoon following the launch. (See the launch on YouTube.)

In addition to Fox-1Cliff, the SSO-A mission carried several other Amateur Radio satellites, including FUNcube on ESEO, JY1-SAT, K2SAT, and ExseedSat.

Fox-1Cliff carries the Fox-1 U/v FM repeater, AMSAT’s L-Band Downshifter, the flight spare of the AO-85 Vanderbilt University Low Energy Proton (LEP) radiation experiment, and the standard Fox-1 Penn State University-Erie MEMS gyroscope experiment. Virginia Tech provided a video graphics array camera that’s similar to the one on AO-92 but which will provide images at a higher 640 × 480 resolution.

The Fox-1Cliff downlink for FM voice and data-under-voice (DUV) is 145.920 MHz. Uplinks are 435.300 and 1267.300 MHz.

Fox-1Cliff is named in honor of long-time AMSAT member, contributor, and benefactor Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (SK), who died in 2006. His contributions to AMSAT and other Amateur Satellite programs — including his service as an adviser during the initial development of the CubeSat specification at California Polytechnic State University — earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award from Project OSCAR in 2006.

In November as the launch was pending, AMSAT asked Amateur Radio satellite enthusiasts to listen for Fox-1Cliff’s telemetry for the initial 72 – 96 hours as on-orbit checkout gets under way. The first station to successfully receive and submit telemetry to the AMSAT server will receive a special 3D printed QSL card acknowledging their contribution.

“If you are capturing telemetry with FoxTelem, please be sure that “Upload to Server” is checked in your settings and your Ground Station Params are filled in as well,” AMSAT has said. In the initial Safe Mode or Beacon Mode after startup, the transmitter is limited to 10 seconds on time followed by a 2-minute off cycle. “You will hear Veronica announcing ‘Fox-1Cliff Safe Mode,’ while in Beacon Mode,” AMSAT said.

AMSAT has said that the on-orbit check-out procedure will be similar to Fox-1D and could be completed in as few as 7 days.

“It is very important, not to mention just plain good Amateur operating practice, to refrain from using the transponder uplink, so we can do the on orbit tests,

FCC Tells LED Sign Marketers to Abide by Statutes and Rules

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has called on on marketers of light-emitting diode (LED) signs to ensure that these lights comply with FCC rules. Since March of this year, the agency has entered into 21 settlement agreements with companies that marketed noncompliant LED signs in violation of the Communications Act and FCC rules. The settlements yielded approximately $850,000 in penalties, and commitments to ensure compliance with the law going forward. Adherence to the FCC’s equipment authorization and marketing rules is critical because radio frequency emissions from the signs may cause harmful interference to licensed communications, such as wireless services, the FCC said.

“In light of these recent settlements, we remind LED sign marketers of their obligations under the law,” said Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary Harold. “The FCC takes seriously its responsibility in ensuring that energy-emitting devices like LED lights do not interfere with authorized transmissions.”

LED lights are often used in digital billboards and other commercial and industrial applications, including billboards and large video displays in sports arenas. Given the electrical design of these lights, they may emit RF energy. Prior to being marketed in the US, LED sign models must be tested and comply with FCC technical standards and must include the proper labeling, identification, and user information disclosures. The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) oversees the equipment authorization process for RF devices, including LED signs.

The Enforcement Bureau investigated hundreds of indoor and outdoor LED sign models and discovered repeated FCC rule violations concerning the failure to market the models with the required equipment authorizations, labeling, and user information disclosures. To settle its respective investigation, each company verified that the models at issue were brought into compliance with FCC rules, agreed to pay a monetary penalty, and committed to abide by a compliance plan to improve internal procedures to avoid future violations.

The Bureau has settled 21 investigations to date, with penalties as high as $115,000. Each settlement is available on the FCC Enforcement Bureau home page.

SOGGY MONDAY EDITION: The sun has become a rare commodity this fall, and rainfall plentiful. The Patriots looked half way decent yesterday and it was an important win, they looked more coherent in all departments except for one, the Gronk. As I have predicted, the beginning of the end for the star receiver has commenced, his body is shot and so is some of his swag. Coach Bill was ready to trade him offseason....Bill knew! Bill knows all, Bill knows this is the year of the Gronk Swan Song. I am  glad he played for us and he will retire a Patriot.....I have a flat tire on the truck and need to repair that ths morning but also have to reset the painful Chevy TPMS system. The system that tells you when one of the tires has low tire pressure.....and it doesn't reset itself after you add air to the tire. If you have had this happen, you know the procedure, going into truck computer mode and letting air out of each tire until the horn beeps, etc. A good feature but a 20 minute procedure to reset, no easy way.....I am still playing digital radio with the OPenSpot2 and my walkies on DMR and Fusion. Still fun......

Below  is a qsl card from one of the biggest characters in ham radio, now a SK. The ham was was Del- N4NBN....N4 "No Bad news" always on 15 meters on the same frequency...shack was a 2 watts radio into a 1300 foot barb wire fence wire...claimed he had a nudist resort and alligator farm....he sent out some pretty racy photos of his wife, Magnolia Blossom, all 600 pounds of her.....the good old days when the 15 meters band was wide open and alive...now all we got on the airwaves is the Mud Duck on the Cape Cod Canal making noise.

JOTA Reports 36% Growth in Scout Participation

Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2018 reports that total Scout participation in the annual fall event jumped by 36% from 2017. Each year more than 1 million Scouts and Guides get together over the airwaves for JOTA, which takes place on the third weekend of October. Since the first JOTA in 1958, millions of Scouts have become acquainted via Amateur Radio, and contacts sometimes result in relationships that extend for many years.

This year, 10,703 Scouts took part in the event, compared with 7,872 last year. Participating Amateur Radio operators topped 1,000 for the first time since 2016. At 610, the number of registered JOTA locations was way up, as was the number of JOTA stations registered, with 314. Participating JOTA stations reported contacts with stations in 99 countries, also up over 2017.

JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said he was pleased with this year’s numbers and hopes that 2019’s event will show a continued increase, despite a lack of sunspots.

“Looking over the numbers, a big part of the increase in JOTA Scout participation came from the World JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet) Team’s registration and reporting system,” Wilson told ARRL. “We had 233 stations report results on the US system, which is comparable to last year’s 226. In addition to that, 90 stations reported their results on the World system. After eliminating duplicates, this added 33 to our total of 266 station reports. That, chiefly, accounts for the increase in total Scout participation. In summary, perhaps this nice increase is due primarily to more accurate reporting.”

Wilson said he’s also looking forward to the final tally on US participation in JOTI. “Location registration in the US jumped from 274 last year to 610 this year,” he said. “Several Amateur Radio operations reported using JOTI chat and Skype to greatly improve their ability to generate Scout-to-Scout conversations between the US and the rest of the world. Of course, VoIP modes like D-Star, DMR, and EchoLink also helped in our solar minimum.”

World JOTA-JOTI numbers are not expected until early 2019, as each country reports its results by mid-December followed by number crunching and compiling of the report, Wilson explained.

“Thanks to everyone who set up a JOTA station and helped Scouts experience the technology, fun, and magic of Amateur Radio. Let’s do it again next year,” he concluded.

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition news

The following was posted December 1st:
3Y0I to invite additional operators -- Some fresh news from Cape Town, South Africa.

The 3Y0I Team is about to deal with another extensive training next week + gathering some additional equipment we'll need at Bouvet Island. Also, new possibilities emerge: we can take 2 additional operators (CW + SSB) with us. If you're flexible operating - and weather- experienced individual, and willing to join 1-month long adventure of your life time, drop a msg asap at: k38dom@gmail.com. Be quick!"

Also, there has been several QSNs reported on the DXclusters by E51DOM/MM (mostly on FT8). This is reportedly Dom, 3Z9DX, "probably" operating from the ship that they will use to take them to Bouvet. Dom has stated that he will use this callsign during his sailing trips to several different locations in the World and "probably" on his way to Bouvet.

Departure dates are still not known. It is still a mystery...
Remember, they plan to stay on the island for at least 2 weeks, if the weather cooperates.

The 3Y0I DXpedition's band plan ­ frequencies (160-6m) and modes (CW/SSB/FT8) can be found at:
https://www.rebeldxgroup.com
https://bouvetoya.org/3yoi-bandplan

QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW or via 3Z9DX.

For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following Web pages:
https://bouvetoya.org



New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
2017 HRO CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular with WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE signal
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....